The difficulties attaching to jury trial in the age of the smartphone are reflected in new proposals that jurors who search out information about their cases may face prison for contempt of court, following several problems cases abandoned, jurors jailed and jurors dismissed. other proposals include allowing judges to confiscate mobile phones and compelling media organisations to remove certain news stories from their sites.
Although some of these powers already exist under the common law, it is felt that putting them on a statutory footing would provide clear guidance for jurors. Although opinion is divided as to the merits of the proposed changes, with some commentators seeing it as a sledgehammer to crack a nut this is a good story to use with your students about both juries and also law reform, as the proposals emanate from the Law Commission.
Twitter is of course an outstandingly useful source of teaching ideas. There is also a thriving community of legal tweeters out there, which makes twitter a fantastic way to stay up to date with legal developments as they happen. Here are my top 10 legal tweeters:
1. @garyslapper - Times columnist, academic, barrister. And very funny man!
2. @joshuarozenberg - probably the best-known legal columnist out there. An authoritative take on the big stories.
3. @charonqc - founder of BPP law school. Freelance commentator and prolific tweeter.
4. @adamwagner1 - fantastic on human rights issues - as he should be, as a human rights barrister and founding editor of ukhumanrightsblog.com.
7. @thecriminalbar - worth a follow just to understand how deep opposition runs to the government's plans in this area...
8. @thelawmap - good for an overview of what's currently happening, recent judgments, etc.
10 @TheICLR - publishers of the Law Reports. A view of developments from Chancery Lane.
So... there are 10 for starters. There are many more! Feel free to follow me on twitter too - @lawteacher . It would be good to know your favourite law accounts to follow... tweet me or leave a comment below!
The BBC's Law in Action is reliably fab. Here the programme tackles a key issue facing the legal profession these days, namely the apparent oversupply of postgraduate courses when training contracts are thin on the ground, and pupillages rarer still.
A nice variation to the usual activities to get your group doing some listening!
You can listen to the programme here.
Further to the introduction of Wow! Law showcasing in London and Manchester the team have received excellent feedback from delegates.read more...»
The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal from a Christian B&B couple who refused to allow a homosexual couple to share a room at their guesthouse as it was against their religious beliefs. In The Guardian it was reported "The Supreme Court judges said that although the guesthouse owners' rights under the European Convention on Human Rights to manifest their religion were at issue it was justifiable and proportionate to limit them in order to protect the rights of others." The Equality Act 2010 cites that both parties have recognised protected characteristics under the Act nevertheless this judgment therefore confirms that each of these parties has the same right to be protected against discrimination by the other.read more...»
The first of the WowLaw events that have taken place in London and Manchester received excellent feedback from delegates who left the event with tangible resources created specifically for some topics enabling learners to actually access the material but also generic resources which can be adapted for many topics allowing teachers to demonstrate their creativity! Having been part of the Manchester team delivering the session, delegates were actively engaged in the session and more than willing participants putting themselves in the place of learners with various activities - so thank you!read more...»
A momentous moment for the law in the UK. TV cameras have recorded proceedings in one of the highest courts in England and Wales for the first time.
In the first case to be broadcast, the ringleader of a large-scale scam to forge pound coins failed in his bid to appeal against his seven-year sentence.
After years of campaigning by broadcasters ITN, BBC, Press Association and Sky News, cameras have been placed in five courtrooms at the Royal Courts of Justice.
However, as the videos below explain, there are some significant restrictions on what can be broadcast. The cameras will only focus on lawyers and judges. Defendants, witnesses and members of the public will be kept out of shot.
Cameras are not yet allowed in crown courts and magistrates' courts.read more...»
WOW! Law 2014 provides teachers with a fantastic collection of resources that can be used immediately in the Law classroom.
We asked a superb team of experienced and passionate Law teachers to develop their best-ever lesson resources for Law and they have delivered! The result is a superb collection of teaching resources that Law students will find engaging, challenging and enjoyable. You can see a sneak preview of some of these resources below!
The delegate price for WOW! Law 2014 is just £190 (+VAT) for which attendees get a full days training and the complete collection of teaching & learning resources.
There are two more WOW! Law 2014 courses running in June 2014 - the last opportunity to attend and obtain the full teaching & learning resource pack. These are:
WOW! Law London - 19 June 2014
WOW! Law Birmingham - 23 June 2014
Alternatively, please call the tutor2u office on 0844 8000085 or email janet@tutor2u,net with your request.read more...»
This is just brilliant on the wrong-headedness of the Government's plans to make dramatic changes to legal aid. I try to avoid being political on this blog but the legal profession (including Crown Court judges) is pretty united in its opposition to the government's plans - as referred to in this Observer editorial.read more...»
Good Morning All
Today I awoke to research saying that social networking is a tool we should be using for student engagement:
This evidence confirmed what I already knew. The evidence I had was based on my time during FE and I appreciate that for lots of you policy will dictate your ability to use these tools in and out of the classroom.read more...»